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Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.

Gold published many notable stories during his tenure, including Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman", later expanded as Fahrenheit 451; Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters; and Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man. In 1952, the magazine was acquired by Robert Guinn, its printer. By the late 1950s, Frederik Pohl was helping Gold with most aspects of the magazine's production. When Gold's health worsened, Pohl took over as editor, starting officially at the end of 1961, though he had been doing the majority of the production work for some time.

Under Pohl Galaxy had continued success, regularly publishing fiction by major writers such as Cordwainer Smith, Jack Vance, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Silverberg. However, Pohl never won the annual Hugo Award for his stewardship of Galaxy, winning three Hugos instead for its sister magazine, If. In 1969 Guinn sold Galaxy to Universal Publishing and Distribution Corporation (UPD) and Pohl resigned, to be replaced by Ejler Jakobsson. Under Jakobsson the magazine declined in quality. It recovered under James Baen, who took over in mid-1974, but when he left at the end of 1977 the deterioration resumed, and there were financial problems—writers were not paid on time and the schedule became erratic. By the end of the 1970s the gaps between issues were lengthening, and the title was finally sold to Vincent McCaffrey, who brought out just one issue in 1980. A brief revival as a semi-professional magazine followed in 1994, edited by H. L. Gold's son, E. J. Gold; this lasted for eight bimonthly issues.

At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced in the science fiction field. It was regarded as one of the leading sf magazines almost from the start, and its influence did not wane until Pohl's departure in 1969. Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction according to Pohl, who added that "after Galaxy it was impossible to go on being naive."[1] SF historian David Kyle agrees, commenting that "of all the editors in and out of the post-war scene, the most influential beyond any doubt was H. L. Gold".[2] Kyle suggests that the new direction Gold set "inevitably" led to the experimental New Wave, the defining science fiction literary movement of the 1960s.

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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial: Durston's Last Ride (Galaxy, #1) by E. J. Gold The Man with Nine Lives: Vincent Price 1911 - 1993 by Forrest J. Ackerman Serials: The City of the Dead (Part 1 of 3) by Robert Sheckley Vampire's Fast (Part 1 of 2) by Jacqueline Lichtenberg Short Stories: That's the Spirit by H. L. Gold The Nature of the Place by Robert Silverberg Pythias by Frederik Pohl Perfectly Preserved by Chuck Rothman What...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial: Durston's Last Ride (Galaxy, #2) by E. J. Gold My Life Among the Stars: The Cage by Bjo Trimble For Your Information (Galaxy, #2) by Claude Needham, Ph.D. Serials: None but Lucifer (Part 1 of 3) by H. L. Gold Vampire's Fast (Part 2 of 2) by Jacqueline Lichtenberg The City of the Dead (Part 2 of 3) by Robert Sheckley Short Stories: The Court of Sorrows by K. D. Wentworth Anachronism by Chad Oliver...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial (Galaxy, #3) by E. J. Gold My Life Among the Stars: Man Trap by Bjo Trimble Serials: None but Lucifer (Part 2 of 3) by H. L. Gold Perseus - City of the Dead (Part 3 of 3) by Robert Sheckley Short Stories: Three Wish Habit by Janni Lee Simner The Big Chill by Cynthia Ward Tunnel Vision by Roger Zelazny A Fleeting Wisp of Glory by Laura Resnick More Stately Mansions by John B. Rosenman The...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essay: The City On the Edge of Forever by Bjo Trimble Novelette: Good Night, Mr. James by Clifford D. Simak Serial: None but Lucifer (Part 3 of 3) by H. L. Gold Short Stories: Shadow of the Falcon by Janet Berliner The Luckiest Man by Greg Vose I'm Nothing Without You by Cynthia Ward Olympus Bar &Amp; Grill by Chuck Rothman Central Premise by L. S. Silverthorne Altercon by Kent Brewster Feeling Bold -- Another...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial (Galaxy, #5) by E. J. Gold My Life Among the Stars: The Trouble with Tribbles (Galaxy, #5) by Bjo Trimble For Your Information (Galaxy, #5) by Claude Needham, Ph.D. Novelettes: Innocent at Large by Poul Anderson Collector's Item by Evelyn E. Smith Short Stories: Martha's Miracle by Don Hornbostel Behind the Curtain of Flowers by Jane Lindskold Rounded with a Sleep by John B. Rosenman Thus, to the...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial (Galaxy, #6) by E. J. Gold My Life Among the Stars: Bread and Circuses (Galaxy, #6) by Bjo Trimble For Your Information (Galaxy, #6) by Claude Needham, Ph.D. Novelette: Fluff the Tragic Dragon by Laura Resnick Short Stories: Dragon Lady by Evelyn E. Smith No Room for the Unicorn by Laura Resnick The Hidden Dragon by Barbara Delaplace Stalking the Unicorn with Gun and Camera by Mike Resnick The...
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(Contents information excerpted from The Internet Speculative Fiction Database ) Essays: Editorial (Galaxy, #7) by E. J. Gold My Life Among the Stars: Balance of Terror (Galaxy, #7) by Bjo Trimble For Your Information (Galaxy, #7) by Claude Needham, Ph.D. Novelettes: Seven Soup Rivers by Robert Sheckley Mugwump Four by Robert Silverberg Lulungomeena by Gordon R. Dickson Short Stories: Support Unlimited by Sandra Saidak Midnight Pearls Blue by William F. Wu Thoroughly Modern Magic by Jack...
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Galaxy SCIENCE FICTION Edilor-in-Chief VERA CERUTTI Editor H, L GOLD Art Director W. L VAN DER POEL Advertising Manager GENE MARTINAT Cover by CHESLEY BONESTELL February, 1951 Vol. 1, No. 5 THE FIREMAN By Ray Bradbury . . . AND IT COMES OUT HERE by Lester del Rey THE PROTECTOR ....by Betsy Curtis SECOND CHILDHOOD by Clifford D. Simak TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST by Frank M. Robinson BOOK-LENGTH SERIAL— Installment 2 TYRANN by Isaac Asimov EDITORIAL PAGE by H. L Gold FIVE-STAR SHELF by Groff Conklin
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